Acura is taking another shot at the small premium sedan segment by retooling the entry-level ILX.
The Honda Civic-based compact has been re-engineered with a more powerful engine and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 2016 ILX, due to arrive at dealerships early next year, debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
U.S. deliveries of the ILX, a sales dud for the most part since its launch, total 14,472 this year through October, down 16 percent from the same period a year ago.
The ILX, which shares its powertrain with the larger TLX, also gets a styling makeover, improved interior materials and equipment and bigger wheels and tires.
“ILX was always a great idea,” said Acura General Manager Mike Accavitti. “Now it is a great idea fulfilled -- a luxury vehicle for the next generation.”